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08/15/2012 02:32 am ET Updated Aug 15, 2012

Election Results, Miami-Dade 2012 Primary: Winners, Losers, And A Power Broker On A Boat

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Like Mellencamp sang in "Pink Houses," there's winners/and there's losers/and Miami-Dade irrationally hates pit bulls. Or something like that. Heartland rock has never been a 305 specialty.

Of course, neither have elections, judging by our historically meager turnout. But with a relatively respectable 19.99 percent of eligible voters hitting the polls, results are unofficially in from a day of primary selections with a dash of local intrigue.

The winners: incumbent Miami-Dade replacement Mayor Carlos Gimenez will get a full term at the expense of former County Commissioner Joe Martinez (who has yet to concede, strangely enough). Longtime Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle (she replaced Janet Reno!) will now coast unopposed into her sixth term after defeating primary challenger Rod Vereen, and Republican Senate candidate Connie Mack IV wiped Miami-Dade clean despite lower win percentages elsewhere in the state.

The losers: According to CBS's Jim DeFede, Gloria Romero Roses suffered the biggest financial loss after spending $445,000 of her own money only to lose by 23 points in the District 26 Congressional primary. Then there's pit bull owners now trudging back underground, and the poor Museum of Contemporary Art that watched multiple other institutions (and one MLB team) enjoy the bounty of government bonds, only to need them at the worst possible time.

But perhaps the biggest ouch of all is a dent in the formidable Republican Diaz de la Portilla family. While brother Miguel faced no primary challengers for his State Senate seat and Alex cruised through the primary for House District 112, Renier Diaz de la Portilla tripped in District 103 despite some recent high-profile grandstanding against First Lady Michelle Obama.

The They'll Survives: Though fresh from his massive success backing last year's recall, billionaire car dealer and political athlete Norman Braman's reform efforts fell almost totally flat. Three of his four hand-picked county commission challengers didn't fare so well against their targets: Alison Austin couldn't reach the runoff with Audrey Edmonson, former Miami Gardens mayor Shirley Gibson didn't topple Barbara Jordan, and Alice Pena fell short against Dennis Moss. Luis Garcia nearly went down swinging at Bruno Berreiro, who narrowly topped 50 percent Tuesday night, but a count of provisional ballots Wednesday morning brought him to a 49.94 and a surprise runoff with Garcia. But Braman's no one's loser: according to the Miami Herald, he checked up on the races from aboard his 175-foot yacht "The Kisses" while floating somewhere in Europe, spinning it all into progress while kicking back on a luxury vacay.

The numbers: While official results certified by the canvassing board won't be posted until Friday, 100 percent of Miami-Dade's 829 precincts are reporting the totals below. Here are the results, awash in silent tears from adorable dog faces, with winners marked in *ALL CAPS and multi-county results listed second wherever applicable:

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

Mayor

*CARLOS GIMENEZ - 54.13 percent
Joe Martinez - 30.76 percent
Edna Diaz - 2.40 percent
Gary Delano Johnson - 2.49 percent
Farid Khavari - 0.85 percent
Helen Barbary Williams - 6.39 percent
Denny Wood -2.98 percent

County Commission

District 1

*BARBARA JORDAN - 59.03 percent
Shirley Gibson - 34.84 percent
Wade Jones - 6.12 percent

District 3

-AUDREY EDMONSON - 42.90 percent (Runoff)
-KEON HARDEMON - 20 percent (Runoff)
Alison Austin - 15.62 percent
Michael Jackson Joseph - 8.43 percent
Eddie Lewis - 3.82 percent
Nadia Pierre - 9.23 percent

District 5

-BRUNO A. BARREIRO - 49.94 percent (Runoff)
-LUIS GARCIA - 33.06 percent (Runoff)
Calixto Garcia - 10.45 percent
Carlos E. Munoz Fontanills - 6.56 percent

District 9

*DENNIS MOSS - 59.49 percent
Darrin E. McGillis - 7.65 percent
Alice Pena - 23.02 percent
Loretta Riley - 9.84 percent

District 11

-JUAN ZAPATA - 48.14 percent (Runoff)
-MANNY MACHADO - 36.72 percent (Runoff)
Javier Munoz - 15.14 percent

Q: Repeal county's ban on pit bulls?

*NO - 63.19 percent
Yes - 36.81 percent

Property Appraiser

*CARLOS LOPEZ-CANTERA - 51.14 percent
Pedro J. Garcia - 48.86 percent

MIAMI-DADE STATE ATTORNEY

*KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE (D) - 60.34 percent
Rod Vereen (D) - 39.66 percent

U.S. SENATE

Republican Primary

*CONNIE MACK (R) - 75.83 percent (59 percent statewide)
Mike McCalister (R) - 5.43 percent (14 percent)
Marielena Stuart (R) - 14.38 percent (7 percent)
Dave Weldon (R) - 4.37 percent (14 percent)

Democratic Primary

*BILL NELSON (D) - 84.23 percent (79 percent statewide)
Glenn A. Burkett (D) - 15.77 percent (21 percent)

U.S. CONGRESS

District 23, Republican primary

*KAREN HARRINGTON (R) - 34.4 percent (48 percent statewide)
Gineen Bresso (R) - 5.46 percent (8 percent)
Ozzie deFaria (R) - 16.6 percent (14 percent)
Juan Eliel Garcia (R) - 20.98 percent (8 percent)
Joseph 'Joe' Kaufman (R) - 22.43 percent (20 percent)

District 24, Universal primary

*FREDERICA S. WILSON (D) - 66.36 percent (65 percent statewide)
Rudolph 'Rudy' Moise (D) - 33.64 percent (35 percent)

District 26, Democratic primary

*JOE GARCIA (D) - 56.56 percent (53 percent)
Gloria Romero Roses (D) - 26.36 percent (31 percent)
Gustavo Marin (D) - 5.73 percent (5 percent)
Lamar Sternad (D) - 11.35 percent (11 percent)

FLORIDA SENATE

District 39, Democratic primary

*DWIGHT BULLARD (D) - 46.05 percent (35 percent statewide)
James Bush III (D) - 35.85 percent (30 percent)
Ron Saunders (D) - 11.10 percent (28 percent)
Sal Gutierrez (D) - 2.78 percent (3 percent)
John 'JJ' Johnson (D) - 4.21 percent (4 percent)

FLORIDA HOUSE

District 100, Universal primary

*JOSEPH “JOE” GIBBONS (D) - 52.02 percent (55 percent statewide)
*Sheldon Lisbon (D) - 47.98 percent (45 perent)

District 102, Democratic primary

*SHARON PRITCHETT (D) - 57.75 percent (58 percent statewide)
Melvin L. Bratton (D) - 42.25 percent (42 percent)

District 103, Republican primary

*MANNY DIAZ, JR. (R) - 55.41 percent (55 percent statewide)
Renier Diaz De La Portilla (R) - 38.95 percent (39 percent)
Alfredo Naredo-Acosta (R) - 5.64 percent (6 percent)

District 105, Republican primary

*CARLOS TRUJILLO (R) - 61.18 percent (56 percent statewide)
Paul Crespo (R) - 38.82 percent (44 percent statewide)

District 107, Democratic primary

-BARBARA WATSON (D) - 50.20 percent (Runoff)
-John Patrick Julien (D) - 49.80 percent (Runoff)

District 108, Democratic primary

*DAPHNE CAMPBELL (D) - 60.05 percent
Alex Desulme (D) - 23.31
Pat Santangelo (D) - 16.64 percent

District 109, Universal primary

*CYNTHIA STAFFORD (D) - 63.54
Bernadine Bush (D) - 36.46 percent

District 110, Republican primary

*JOSE OLIVA (R) - 85.55 percent
Ileana Abay (R) - 14.45 percent

District 111, Republican primary

*EDUARDO “EDDY” GONZALEZ (R) - 62.24 percent
Maykel 'Miguel' Balboa (R) - 37.76 percent

District 112, Democratic primary

*JOSE JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (D) - 57.44 percent
Alex Dominguez (D) -42.56 percent

District 112, Republican primary

*ALEX DIAZ DE LA PORTILLA (R) - 58.85 percent
Gus Barreiro (R) - 41.15 percent

District 113, Universal primary

*DAVID RICHARDSON (D) - 33.03 percent
Mark Weithorn (D) - 26.50
Adam Marc Kravitz (D) - 24.31 percent
Waldo Faura (D) - 16.16 percent

District 114, Republican primary

*ERIK FRESEN (R) - 71.74 percent
Amory Bodin (R) - 28.26 percent

District 115, Republican primary

*MICHAEL BILECA (R) - 76.37 percent
Eugenio Perez (R) - 23.63 percent

District 116, Republican primary

*JOSE FELIX DIAZ (R) - 66.13 percent
Ana Rivas Logan (R) - 33.87 percent

District 117, Democratic primary

*KIONNE L. MCGHEE (D) - 65.61 percent
Carmen Morris (D) - 17.19 percent
Harold Ford (D) - 17.20 percent

District 119, Republican primary

*JEANETTE NUNEZ (R) - 72.51 percent
Libby Perez (R) - 27.49 percent

District 120, Republican primary

*HOLLY MERRILL RASCHEIN (R) - 54.32 percent (66 percent statewide)
Morgan J. McPherson (R) - 45.68 percent (34 percent)

SCHOOL BOARD

District 5

*SUSIE CASTILLO - 64.22 percent
Daniel 'Dan' Espino - 35.78

MIAMI BEACH

Increase room rent resort tax?

*YES - 67.12 percent
No - 32.88 percent

City Commission special meetings?

*YES - 75.50 percent
No – 24.50 percent

MIAMI GARDENS

Mayor

*OLIVER GILBERT - 63.23 percent
Tanya Y. James - 4.93 percent
Willie B. Kelly II - 1.38 percent
John D. Pace, Jr. - 3.19 percent
Andre Williams - 13.54 percent
Katrina Wilson - 11.57 percent
Darin Woods - 2.16 percent

Councilmember, District 1

*LILLIE Q. ODOM - 63.84 percent
Sardebra Wright – 36.16 percent

Councilmember, District 3

-Rodney Harris - 36.54 percent (Runoff)
-Ulysses 'Buck' Harvard - 36.57 percent (Runoff)
Erhabor Ighodaro - 26.89 percent

Boundary Descriptions

*NO - 54.48
Yes - 45.52 percent

MIAMI SPRINGS

Council member terms

*NO - 63.65 percent
Yes - 36.35 percent

Staggered Member Terms

*NO - 57.74 percent
Yes - 42.26 percent

NORTH MIAMI

Bonds for new museum

*AGAINST - 51.95 percent
For - 48.05 percent

OPA-LOCKA

Deferred compensation Mayor and Commission

*NO - 62.13 percent
Yes - 37.87 percent

CIRCUIT COURT

Group 8

*DAVID C. MILLER - 62.26 percent
Mauricio Padilla - 37.74 percent

Group 15

*MARIA ELENA VERDE - 51.42 percent
Robert Coppel - 48.58 percent

Group 47

*MARIA DE JESUS SANTOVENIA - 51.42 percent
Alex Jimenez Labora - 48.58 percent

Group 49

*TERESA MARY POOLER - 56.66 percent
Victor H. De Yurre - 43.34 percent

COUNTY COURT

Group 1

*PATRICIA MARINO- PEDRAZA - 56.38 percent
Frank A. Hernandez - 43.62 percent

Group 10

*DIANA GONZALEZ - 50.78 percent
Ana Maria Pando - 49.22 percent

Group 20

*MICHELLE ALVAREZ BARAKAT - 70.96 percent
Fleur Jeannine Lobree - 29.04 percent

Group 24

*ANDREA R. WOLFSON - 48.21 percent
Arthur Spiegel - 24.38 percent
Greer Elaine Wallace - 27.41 percent

Group 27

*IVONNE CUESTA - 67.19 percent
Jacci Suzan Seskin -32.81 percent

Group 28

*TANYA BRINKLEY - 61.10 percent
Enrique 'Rick' Yabor - 38.90 percent

Group 33

*TERETHA LUNDY THOMAS - 50.43
Johny 'Johnny' Rodriguez - 49.57 percent

Group 40

*DON COHN - 51.05 percent
Lourdes T. Cambo - 48.95 percent

UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 9 A.M.: This story originally reported that Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Berreiro won his District 5 re-election but the addition of provisional and absentee ballots that arrived Tuesday cost him a few tenths of a point -- and wound up pushing him into a runoff. Numbers in the District 5 race above reflect the new count.

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